In the elementary years, teachers build on a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn by offering diverse academic opportunities to explore, question, and discover. At Birchwood School of Hawken, the academic ceilings are lifted in each subject to permit the highest levels of advancement for every student. This allows our students to become avid readers, enthusiastic writers, and passionate mathematicians by the fifth grade.

The process of developing good character begins in early childhood and is built upon in the elementary years through instruction, coaching, and loving support. It is this accumulation of good habits that results in the development of good character. We recognize that a successful character development curriculum requires a special environment, one that promotes, supports, and rewards high achievement and virtuous conduct. At Birchwood, we call this a culture of achievement.

Birchwood's achievement culture requires an environment which:

1. Challenges each child to his/her maximum academic potential.
2. Trains habits of mind that include organization, time-management, diligence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
3. Makes academic achievement and excellence the school’s esprit de corps that is celebrated and awarded.
4. Ensures that children remain immersed in this culture during their formative elementary school years.
“Birchwood has been a wonderful experience for our three children. The school’s focus is to teach students to learn and achieve through organization, goal setting, character role modeling, and a strong work ethic.”
Peter Rose
Birchwood Parent